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♪ apparently things aren't much different today. mother still needs something to calm her down. >> not like the drugs of the rolling stone days, the drugs of choice, modern moms, tranquilizers. abc's paula faris talked to some women who say the pills make them better moms. >> reporter: the pressure to be a perfect mom is everywhere. in magazines where celebrity moms look fabulous.
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on pinterest where every day moms appear to be crafting it all. add to that the daily grind of child care. there is a reason say experts that more and more moms are turning to the new mommy's little helpers. anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medications. new mom, ann marie lindsay says her pill reg minute wards off panic attack as. >> if i wasn't on the meds, my mind would race. what if he gets sick. what if he gets sick? i might have to hyperventilate. >> reporter: she knows all about panic attacks and experienced several after her son was born. what was your darkest moment? >> i just psychically collapsed. >> reporter: melissa agreed to start taking a drug to calm her nerves. >> after six weeks i was back to myself. >> reporter: do you think your anti-anxiety drug helps you be a better mother? >> absolutely. i really don't think that i would have been able to continue
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to function. i mean i think i might have had to be admitted somewhere. >> reporter: in a february parenting magazine article, xanax helps me to be a better mom sent off an internet firestorm. with some critics calling mothers on antidepressants on xanax, pathetic. we are using med to deal with normal sadness. does it surprise you moms are using pills to got through the day? >> the was not surprise me. >> reporter: a therapist who specializes in mothers and says medication can be a good thing, but only a doctor's supervision. >> i think mothers should think of it as i'm going through a hard time and use medication to get through it. it shouldn't be a forever idea. >> reporter: she calls her time on xanax a temporary fix. the mississippi mom and author of blog mommy need a xanax went on the medication when full-time parenting felt like too much.
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>> it helped me to remove me from the high pressure feeling. >> reporter: aware of the addictive nature of xanax, ann weaned herself off of the drug, but she like ann marie and melissa say no one should judge moms who turn to medication. >> how can you be a good mom if you don't take care of yourself. >> it helps me a lot to have the medication tool in my toolbox. >> reporter: paula faris, abc news, new york. >> diana is on half a dozen drugs right now. as we speak. >> right now as we speak. >> wake up and give me some. >> i am a new mom. i know what it is like. it's tough. i don't know that i would turn to xanax. that's me. i agree if that makes you a better mom and that's what you need, need a little pill to get through the day. >> i'm sure for some people, it's more than the blues. some people legitimately need it. question is do you just have the blues and you want to take an easy way out, or do you need it to function? >> right. you don't want to go overboard. never want to abuse these thing.
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then you are not. >> you know what daddy's little helper is, a glass of red wine end of the day. got to do what you got to do. >> that will mellow you out. one of "general hospital's" biggest stars is coming back. >> really? rick springfield, we are talking about, along with a surprise. you are watching "world news now." >> announc
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♪ >> classic. >> yeah, big time. ladies, you want to listen up, because the doctor is in. because the doctor is in. rick springfield known to millions of general hospital fans as dr. noah drake is back. >> the 80s heartthrob and rocker is starring on the soap's show for the 50th anniversary.
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more from kabc's correspondent. >> i said this many times i really mean it. i am very proud of you. >> wow. actually sound like a real dad talking. >> reporter: rick springfield's dr. noah drake is making the rounds again on "general hospital." for rick it always feels like going home again. >> i got my start here. so i have an allegiance to the show, definitely. >> reporter: and it goes back a long time. >> don't tell me we have run out of things to say already. >> i know everybody here. i have known them, a lot of them for, like 30 years now. >> reporter: the guy next to rick his real son liam springthorpe, appearing on the show this week as a detective. >> it's been really pleasant. really quite pleasant. everyone is really friendly and supportive, all you can really ask for in this type of environment. >> there is someone here to see you. >> let him in. >> he is a detective. he is here assisting, this couple, luke and laura, and helping them. >> this couple luke and laura. >> this couple luke and laura.
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they're like the big. >> yeah, sorry, yeah, yeah, yeah. >> luke and laura are soap legends after all. elizabeth taylor was a legend too who appeared on "gh" in the early '80s. rick remembers her well. >> doing a scene with elizabeth taylor, walking off arm in arm, the camera fades to black. she goes "acting is so stupid." >> so, i will tell you what. >> tell me. >> a lot of soap operas are leaving because nobody is watching. union of the young people are watching. i started watching soap operas a year ago. i am hooked on "general hospital." i can't wait. >> the rage in 1981. >> you would know because? >> i remember all this. a freshman in high school. all the girls talked about. >> you never watched. >> dr. drake. >> you never watched. >> not really. unless i was with them trying to get on their good side. >> there you go. g to get on their good side. >> there you go.
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all right, time for "the mix." are you ready? >> i am ready. >> all right. >> do it! >> listen to this, a man is driving. hits a deer. >> it happens. >> it happens. places across america, a city dweller, pick the deer up and pick it up for consumption, rather than leaving it for road kill. the police pull over the car. didn't pull it over. they asked, what's up? the guy said i hit a deer. it's in my trunk watch what happens when he opens the trunk. the deer must have been stunned. he was not dead. he pops out. wobbles around. and runs away. awe their like, what? what? >> there are salvages permit you can take the deer for human consumption. obviously the deer was knocked down. wasn't dead. >> poor baby. i hope --
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>> don't know to laugh or cry. >> i don't like that he falls. we are hoping he is okay. here is something if you are out there, a cougar -- >> cougar, hot mama. >> not a big cat. >> how old is a cougar. 35, 40. >> hope it is not 35. >> on the internet, how old a cougar is? >> the men who like to date cougars are nicknamed cubs, between 25 and 35. a cougar can't be 35. then they would be the same age. >> that's a good point. >> cougar is much older. and we digress. there is something called a cougar cruise for women in their fort. there you go. women in their 40s. a one-stop shopping. you want to seek younger available and eager men if they want to date you. so anyway you go on the cruise. and it doesn't cost a whole lot of money. like $339 for a five-night trip. and they kind of pair you up. a 50/50 split of men and women. >> cubs and cougars. >> cubs and cougars getting together.
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>> what does that make me? a male cougar -- an old man? >> an old fart. >> sexy name. tiger cruise with young women who date tigers. sound like a plan. do you watch "the simpsons" at all? >> i have. >> bart simpson. troublemaker. if you ever watch simpsons, my favorite show. not on abc. a guy in england, bart simpson arrested for a firearm charge, goes before the judge, mr. burns, the boss of homer simpson. bart simpson in front of the judge, mr. burns, no word if the guy that brought him into court was chief wigham or not. >> what is mr. burns real name? >> montgomery burns. excellent. >> excellent. bart simpson.
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this morning on "world news now" -- eye to eye. president obama and israel's prime minister settling some differences as they face serious threats from iran and syria. >> as president obama makes a promise to a major ally and sends warnings to enemies with nuclear ambitions. it's thursday, march 21st. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now" with john muller and diana perez. good morning, everybody, a big question in the mideast this morning, will president obama get a warm welcome from the palestinians in day two of his mideast trip. that is our top story. >> piecing together the autism puzzle. which children may be more at risk than others, and why some countries including the u.s. seem to have more cases. an important insight for parents. later this half-hour -- the food truck trend involving small culinary businesses on wheels, who is willing to invest big money on rolling restaurants. seen a lot of them in new york too. waiting for a hungry public. >> learning much more about the
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big changes coming to late night talk shows, the latest development involves jimmy fallon, jay leno and signature show making a big move in "the skinny." first there is breaking news in the mideast. two rockets were fired from gaza hitting southern israel. >> the disturbing act of violence comes as the president pushes for peace while warning enemies. here with more is jonathan carl traveling with the president. >> reporter: the president arrived in israel in a good mood, the open mike capturing his banter with benjamin netanyahu. he was even joking about red lines. but the issue couldn't be more serious, the real red line is the one netanyahu talked about at the united nations last fall. >> a red line should be drawn right here. >> reporter: the point where iran must be attacked or it will be able to build a nuclear bomb. a red line israelis believe could be crossed within months. the issue was front and center here in all of the president's meetings. >> diplomacy and sanctions so
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far have not stopped iran's nuclear program. in order to stop iran's nuclear program peacefully, diplomacy and sanctions must be augmented by clear, credible threat of military action. >> reporter: the president said he believes there is time for diplomacy. but -- >> the united states will continue to consult closely with israel, on next steps, and i will repeat, all options are on the table. we will do what is necessary to prevent iran from getting the world's worst weapons. >> reporter: iranian missiles like this one they tested in january can reach israel in less than ten minutes. catastrophic if armed with nuclear warheads. israel has been preparing for a possible preemptive strike. their war planes could reach iran's nuclear facilities in less than three hours. israel's president shimon perez told us he believes president obama is fully committed to keeping iran from getting the bomb. do you have any doubt in your
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mind that president obama would give the order to launch a military strike against iran? >> as he has said, if all other options will not fly. >> reporter: you believe that? >> yes. >> reporter: the tough talk the president has brought here to israel is designed in part to put muscle behind the diplomacy, to force iran to back down before a military strike is necessary. but white house officials insist this is not just a negotiating tactic that the u.s. will stop iran from getting a bomb no matter what. jonathan karl, abc news, jerusalem. a military judge has refused to accept a guilty plea from the ft. hood shooting suspect, major nidal hasan. hasan will face court martial. under army rules the defendant cannot plead guilty to crimes that carry the death penalty hasan is charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder following the shooting rampage in texas in 2009. >> you may remember the corruption case from the small town of bell, california.
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city council members accused of stealing taxpayer money by creating a scheme to boost their part-time pay to nearly $100,000 a year. now five former officials have been found guilty. former councilman luis ortega acquitted. >> i never lost faith, at the moment, although my stomach. and i felt my hand cold. but i just knew it. i just knew it. >> all this went down in the small blue-collar city where one in four lives below the poverty line. to medical news. a government survey of parents shows one in 50 school children in the u.s. has autism. that is significantly higher than a previous estimate. and there is also a significant new clue about autism. abc's dr. richard besser explains more. >> reporter: now another clue into a possible cause of autism, grandfathers age. researchers in sweden have found that the older a grandfather was when he had children, the more likely those children would be
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to have children with autism. for fathers the risk went up 1.8 times. for mothers the risk went up 1.7 times. it is already known that one piece of the puzzle of autism is the age of the father, starting at age 30. take ray civo. >> let's figure out if there is a genetic factor. >> reporter: his sons oscar and hugo both have autism with different struggles from reading to social interactions. moms pass on few dna mutations. but dads pass on an average of 25 new mutations at age 20. increasing to 65 mutations at age 40 and so on. the more dna mutations, the greater the risk of autism. what does this have to do with grandfathers? >> we could find for example that in a grandfather, there was a change in the grandfather's dna that then was passed on to the father and then finally contributed to risk for autism in that father's child. >> reporter: keep in mind researchers say grandfathers' age, while a clue to a possible genetic factor in autism accounts for 3% of the risk.
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far more research need to be done. dr. richard besser, abc news, new york. >> wow. so there are more cases in the u.s. and in south korea where they're studied more than in other places. and dr. richard besser said that doesn't mean we have more cases here it means we are diagnosing them more, we are more aware of it. still, staggering numbers. >> such a mystery. really, just, gosh, scary. >> yeah. >> and to think in some schools that means there are, one child per classroom. there are very large classrooms. in some parts of the country. that's a lot. >> too much. all right. let's take a look at the forecast for this thursday morning. colder than normal in the northeast. flurries from central new jersey, boston, cape cod. lake-effect snow in michigan, western new york. rain changing to snow from memphis city -- i'm sorry -- kansas city to memphis. mountain snow in the rockies and cascades. showers in the pacific northwest.
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>> 40s, seattle, billings. 20s in the upper midwest. 77 in miami. a cute cuddly baby boy stealing hearts in alaska. after a tough break in his young life. >> this irresistible polar bear cub, nicknamed cully, is now enjoy ing his temporary home at the alaska zoo where the staff is -- too cute! last week, his mom was killed during a hunt. leaving the 3 or 4-month-old by himself. >> as an orphan, the 18 pound cub would have died in the wood. the hunters who shot the mom saw that she was nursing so they searched around and they found cully and brought him to wildlife experts. >> that is crazy cute. to think this thing would eat you for breakfast in about a year. >> yeah. >> but wow. >> i know. they are so cute to look at. we will keep looking from a distance. >> the zoo has two polar bears. the staff is now looking for a new home for cully. >> there you go. move him into your place. maybe not so much. >> maybe a stuffed version of
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cully. >> goodness gracious, you are in big trouble. >> a stuffed animal. not cully stuffed. >> there you go. coming up, remembering an actor known for history making x-rated rolls. and gourmet to go -- who is investing in the food truck trend? serving customers curb side now more than ever. you're watching "world news now." ♪ you get the cherry jerry ♪ don't be so picky mickey ♪ because everybody eats when they come to my house ♪ ♪ all of my friends are welcome ♪ >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by united health care. ld news now" weather brought to you by united health care. that's a good thing, but it doesn't cover everything. only about 80% of your part b medical expenses. the rest is up to you. so consider an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan, insured by unitedhealthcare insurance company. like all standardized medicare supplement plans, they pick up some of what medicare doesn't pay. and save you up to thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket costs.
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♪ everybody eat ♪ everybody eats when they come to my house ♪ ♪ hey, this is a party, marty ♪ you get the cherry jerry >> it's a party, marty. >> there you go. >> food trucks are a part of every day life in big cities. >> the rolling restaurants are offering a fast feast all on the cheap. for some, running one of these is actually a tempting idea. abc's reena ninan meets one man who traded in his suit for a spatula. >> make an l! >> reporter: it is a thursday evening north of downtown columbus. >> this what you had in mind? >> that's perfect. >> reporter: despite the threatening sky, a trio of pioneers are setting up for dinner. among them, that food truck. >> never a dull day in the life of a food truck. i will tell you that much. >> reporter: these mobile restaurants are the fastest growing segment of the dining industry. dan krauss and steve concila are determined to give it a go. dan trained as a butcher.
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and steve, a former finance guy started dreaming about getting a truck back in 2011. in this hyper-trendy business, you've got to have an angle. for that food truck the hook is a seasonal menu from locally grown ingredients. >> spicy carrot chips. >> reporter: that doesn't just mean veggies. a farm an hour away provides meat and eggs. after all this is the midwest. >> reporter: before hitting the streets one last step. clearance from the board of health. if you think food trucks are not as heavily inspected as traditional restaurants are, you would be wrong. everything inside. >> just remember not to put any chemicals or anything above the prep area. >> reporter: and outside is closely checked. when we next catch up with that food truck three months later in october they're still learning. >> it is 100 times harder than i ever thought it would be to open
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up my own business. >> reporter: six months after selling their first dinner. >> thank you so much. >> you are welcome. enjoy! >> reporter: dan and steve are out as off as weather promises a profit. constantly reworking their business plan. maybe a new spice, a meat delivery option. >> i don't want to take a day off any time soon. personally. but you know, i can say that because, it's my business. >> reporter: reena nina, abc >> pretty cool. do you eat street food? >> street meat constantly. >> street meat. as you look to call it. >> in new york, we call it street meat. pigeon on a stick. street meat. random dog. >> there is a franchise of trucks. i like the chicken plate. they have gyros, lamb. there you go. you know about this. >> yeah, i used to work in a little food truck. i will say this -- around the nation, picking up steam, and the new trend to own a truck and
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drive it somewhere, park it and sell food out of the truck. i have been eating food out of trucks being from queens, new york. my entire life. this is not a new craze here in new york. >> i was talking to the deli owner who has the store next to rafique, the truck on 3rd avenue. he hates this. the guy rolls up, gets all money. loses half the business. he doesn't pay the rent he pays. >> he doesn't have to deal with rats, roaches. we have like dog-sized rats here in new york. >> yes, we do. >> they don't have to deal with the rats. but then you don't get any of the income. i can understand. >> the mystery meat, extra flavor. >> tastes good. coming up, she took off and put it back on. a subtle change in miley cyrus' appearance. the guy who took it all off and turned himself into an x-rated legend. oh, boy. it's coming up in "the skinny." got to cover you up. >> announcer: "world news now"
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♪ skinny so skinny >> welcome to "the skinny" here on abc news. let's talk about nbc. >> let's do it. makes them so happy when we do this. >> oh, yeah. a lot of buzz about "the tonight show" and changes coming to "the tonight show" according to a lot of senior-level, high-level seniors at nbc, it is all but formality that jimmy fallon is going to get the spot that jay leno now hold. there is more to the story. not only is he going to become jay leno and take over for "the tonight show" and moving to new york from burbank, california. where the show has been. well if you live there. but i don't know. jimmy fallon did "snl" for a long time. >> yep, yep. moving to california was a big deal. able to move back home. we don't know. but any way, apparent ly this is
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all said and done, but a formality he will be named that. and, jay leno is going to get knocked out. knocked on his -- out the door. >> you picked the stories today. you assigned which story i read. which story you read. you give me the one about harry reems. familiar with harry reems. the first porn star, starred opposite linda lovelace. he just passed away. he had been in declining health for some years according to his wife jeanne. apparently -- this is all from our producer talking in my ear earlier. this movie was a phenom made $600 million, "deep throat" he was paid $250 for his role. apparently he was the lighting guy. >> oh, who stepped in. >> a lighting guy who clearly had certain prerequisites. >> he had a very long pole. >> oh, my goodness gracious. >> for his light. his light. >> nicely done. of course, what else would you mean? harry reems. >> miley cyrus has put her engagement ring back on. >> okay. >> she took her engagement ring off, for a little while, engaged to liam helmsworth. >> sending a little message
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there, "treat me right." >> from "hunger games." a long convoluted story. spotted with january jones from "mad men" canoodling. maybe, maybe not. neither one has come out and said it didn't happen. she showed up without her engagement ring on. then she tweeted pictures of her wearing the engagement ring again. engagement off. engagement on. hard to tell. happy story, maybe, maybe not. i didn't know about this. oprah winfrey apparently has a body double. not that she is doing hollywood-type stunts. now and then she does need a body double on occasion. hawaii local, shaka, the stand in for the o magazine cover shoot. every photo shoot happens with a huge team. according to oprah. she has a stand in for every single set. she explained. >> why? >> let me see if i can find it. if you are oprah you can have a body double.
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>> do whatever you want. when you are oprah. she is starring in the movie with terrence howard, i wonder if the woman was a stand in during the movie as well. that would be interesting. >> probably times they need lighting checks, whatever, whatever. oprah has, time is money. >> oprah drinking her lemonade on the porch. she doesn't have time to be under the lighting. i will tell you the movie with terrence howard, is a sex scene, guess who was not in the sex scene? >> oprah. >> oprah's body double. >> who is? >> oprah. >> really? >> yes, sir, check that out. >> my goodness gracious. here is a little bit of information that we're not sure what is going on here. marijuana was foundrihanna's tour bus. she was not on the bus. this was like an entourage of buses. not sure who was on the bus or who owns the marijuana. here is something really interesting -- >> marijuana on a bus with musicians. that is a scoop. >> yeah, exactly. but all of her videos. she is smoking something. and the cover of one of her videos she is rolling something. who knows what is going on.
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♪ >> you probably heard it a million times. one person's trash is someone else's treasure. >> you may have heard about the new york family that bought a bowl for $3 at a garage sale and sold it for more than $2 million at auction. >> crazy. abc's nick watt went in search of his own rags to riches story. >> reporter: this bowl sat on a dusty mantle for five years. after a bidding frenzy at sotheby's it just sold for over $2 million. how did the anonymous seller react? >> i got an e-mail which said in capital letters "wow, and then wow with a line of exclamation marks."
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so i think they were very pleased. >> reporter: a 1,000-year-old chinese bowl. inspired i went shopping looking for anything vaguely chinese. if there is a fortune in the box i will quit my job right now. it has got some age. >> it's a pattern i haven't seen before. >> reporter: exciting. we asked our experts for a top tips to find a fortune at a flee market. >> if something is old. it will be much bigger chance that it is worth money. >> reporter: this old copy of the declaration of independence cost $2.48 at a thrift store. turned out uber old, sold at auction $500,000. >> look for something chinese. >> yes. chinese is one of the hardest fields to appraise. >> reporter: even experts don't know the chinese gems from the junk. upping the odds of a master piece with a $3 price tag. >> always buys what appeals to you. you will never go wrong.
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>> reporter: back to my little cup. certainly before 1872. >> reporter: really? it is old, it is chinese, i like it. >> the reality, you'll probably get no mor tha >> reporter: proving luck is realley. see you tomorrow. nick w angeles. >> see you tomorrow, nick. >> coffee and a doughnut. that's all that is is going to get you. >> that's it. and that sucks. can i just say -- i would love to do all kind of collecting when it comes to antiques. but my husband is not a fan. he calls it junk and old. >> old junk. >> old junk. >> ht $ right now. if you get a $2 million bowl sitting in you
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this morning on "world news now" -- major manhunt. colorado's top prison chief is shot and killed as he answered his front door. >> the high-profile crime, the all-out search for a suspect, and a motive included as well. it's thursday, march 21st. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now" with john muller and diana perez. good thursday morning. that murder taking place during a sensitive time in colorado. we'll explain why. that's our top story. also this morning, protecting student from gun violence with something simple and cheap. one state wants to make a $30 addition to every classroom to avoid another newtown massacre. >> as we learn about what may be the most caffeinated coffee in the entire world there are warnings about a caffeinated beverage sold in cans. why one woman is on a crusade against energy drinks. >> get your prop. diana, later this half-hour we
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have our brackets filled out. do you have yours? huh? huh? the ncaa tournament starts today. we will tell you about the games that are a must-see tv. >> that's right. first we do have to got to this -- >> the fatal shooting that brought tears to a governor's eyes, who killed the head of colorado's prison system. >> someone rang the prison chief's doorbell, opened fire and killed him on the spot. as the search continues for the murderer, security is beefed up all around the state. here is abc's clayton sandel. >> reporter: in this quiet rural neighborhood outside denver, a killer came calling. tom clemmons at home with his wife went to answer the front door and was suddenly shot in the chest. the shooter fled into the night. >> somebody rang the doorbell, her husband answered and was shot. >> reporter: 58-year-old clemens, the director of colorado's prison system was killed. with a massive manhunt under way the only clue, a dark car seen in the neighborhood at the time
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of the shooting its engine running but nobody inside. >> we don't know if the shooting was random at this point. we are very early in the investigation. we have no suspect at this point. because we have no suspect we can't identify a motive. >> reporter: investigators want to know if clemmons was targeted for revenge. a former warden at colorado's federal super max prison says it is a career that creates enemies. >> you have 20,000 individuals, any one could have a reason to hurt mr. clemmons. >> reporter: clemmons' murder came on the same day colorado's governor signed some of the toughest new gun laws in the country. >> tom clemmons dedicated his live to being a public servant to making our state better to making the world a better place.
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and he is going to be deeply, deeply missed. >> reporter: right now investigators are here in the clemmons' neighborhood trying to find a woman who was speed walking at the time of the crime. she may be the only witness. e sal at e the only witness. clayt, abns, ovas ni ne mit ass ni ne prem vie region. the reports coming in the president is pred wit as this hapwo r have been fired from gaza into the southern part of israel. the southeets e t of israel. n an fid isr ismisigto rette a rape case at ho involving a high school footbal ticu sexual assault and cimes cases invo 13-- similar to the case in ohioone of the accusers has n ut o stunning video from an incident on a school bus in tampa last fall. you see the-ye woman, stephanie w her back to the survllan camera. then seen kicking a special
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needs child down the steps of the bus. the girl broke her ankle in the fall. wilkerson charged with child abuse and has been fired. a day-long standoff in fort wain, indiana left a gunman dead. heavily armed police surrounded the house where a gunman was holding a 3-year-old boy hostage. earlier, pulled a woman off a city bus and fatally shot her. the gunman was killed by a sniper. the young boy was safely rescued. a move in california to require classroom doors locked from the inside to protect students from harm. safety experts say the locks helped save children in the newton massacre in december. while campuses in california have the locks, older schools do not. lawmakers say updating the locks would cost as little as $30 each. >> schools in this country don't have a whole lot right now to defend themselves. so every little bit helps. and this may not sound like a lot, but actually it is a lot. >> some critics meanwhile worry about a scenario where a gunman gets inside the classroom and locks police and rescuers out. the federal government released new information about the nation's obesity epidemic. and it's not good news. a new survey from the centers of disease control shows the obesity rate is 29%, up ten points from 2004.
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the cdc also says diabetes rate has nearly doubled over the past eight years even though americans are more active and do smoke less. worsening situation in syria, also on president obama's mind. mr. obama says he is skeptical of the claims by the assad regime the rebels are using chemical weapons. he said that would be a game changer and cross a line for the united states. with more on this here's abc's alex marquardt. >> reporter: chaos in the hospital, men, women, children on respirators as family members wailed. in this brutal war this appears to have been a first. a rocket suspected of carrying a chemical slammed into a neighborhood in aleppo held by the syrian army. 25 were killed. over 100 wounded. >> translator: i felt my chest close.
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i couldn't breathe or speak. this little girl cried. i lost my mother. father and brother. >> reporter: the syrian regime accused the rebels of launching the rocket and called for an international investigation. the rebels blame the regime. israel said there is no doubt chemical weapons were used. but president obama wasn't so quick to agree. >> we intend to investigate thoroughly exactly what happened. >> reporter: it does not appear the chemical in question was one of those most feared in president bashar al-assad's arsenal. mustard gas or deadly nerve agents, vx and sarin. president obama did say he was deeply skeptical it was the rebels who carried out this attack, despite the fear of chemical weapons being used the president once again said the chemical weapons or not, the u.s. wouldn't take military action in syria by itself. alex marquardt, jerusalem. marine experts in chile trying to figure out why thousands of shrimp are washing up on shores of a fishing village there. so many shrimp dying at once
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they're coating the sand in a layer of red. fishermen blame the disaster on a power plant claiming it dumped toxic waste in the water over the weekend. hundred of dead crabs are washed ashore in the same area. frightening moments for two dozen passengers on a commuter plane in canada after it lost an engine. a heroic pilot managed to bring the air canada twin-engine plane down safely. the crew reported engine problems. and the failure of a hydraulic system. the flight from newbrunswick was met by fire trucks at the toronto airport as a precaution. wow. >> hat's off to that guy. cool cucumber. >> twin engine, means two engines you. lose one, you got one. >> one of the props doing nothing there. >> not the situation you want to be in. >> flawless by the way. good job. >> absolutely. >> supposed to land at a small toronto city airport when the problems were reported. >> all right. for those of you waiting for an instant multimillion dollar
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pay day from powerball, you are going to have to keep waiting. no winning ticket drawing for that last night $260 million jackpot. the drawing this saturday, are you listening. worth $320 million at least. there were three $1 million winners last night with tickets sold in florida, kentucky and ohio. million dollars isn't so bad. >> no. >> $20 million is better. >> i'll take any million. >> a look at the weather -- rain changing to snow from kansas city to memphis. and down in the south, wet around dallas and shreveport. colder in the midwest and northeast with snow showers around the great lakes. >> 20s from fargo to chicago. around 40 in the northeast. upper 40s in the northern rockies. 85 degrees in phoenix. all right, two words -- strongest coffee. simple reasons why this is "favorite story of the day." how does a coffee called death wish sound? >> i'm ready. i'm ready. >> let's see. makers call it the most highly caffeinated premium dark roast organic coffee in the world.
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they say it contains 200% more caffeine than the average cup. >> it will cost $20 per pound. the company says if you are not satisfied with it they'll give you your money back. that and your soul. >> death wish. >> you lose by drinking this. >> a cup of death wish. >> 12 ounce regular starbuck's contains 260 milligrams of caffeine. >> what did we say death wish had? >> by comparison, 520. >> double. >> two regular sized doubles. >> 24 ounces without all the liquid in there. >> wow. starbuck's coffee is strong. i get a nice little tingle when i have that. death wish must be something new. >> you are going to be really, really big tingle. >> if you get death wish on the set and brew a pot i will drink a cup. >> a death wish, there you go. coming up, all the ncaa fun gets under way today. are are you ready with your brackets? find out which games you must watch. we were talking about
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the drinks got the attention of one of the biggest manufacturers not in a good way. she was told to back off for face a lawsuit. abc's bob woodruff has her story. >> reporter: it is the fastest growing segment of the beverage industry, energy drinks with high sugar and caffeine content. when nutritionist deborah kennedy publish a newsletter telling parents of elementary school children they should never allow energy drinks and they're dangerous and children have died from drinking them. monster fired back with a cease and desist letter as she tells dr. oz in an interview set to air next tuesday. >> basically said i have to retract the statement or they will threaten to sue me. i am a mom with two young kids. i think it is atrocious. >> reporter: dr. bob arnett is the company's medical consultant. >> keep in mind there is no evidence it caused any of this at all. >> reporter: what deborah kennedy was referring to was a highly publicized lawsuit claiming a 14-year-old, had died of cardiac arrhythmia caused by
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caffeine toxicity after she consumed two 24 ounce cans of the drink. monster denies any responsibility in her death. she also had an underlying heart condition. no link has been proven. >> if every child really truly believed growing up that energy drinks killed you it would definitely hurt the market. >> reporter: energy drinks like monster are subject of a government report that found in 2011 there were over 10,000 emergency department visits involving solely energy drinks. but the controversy isn't going to end soon. because now the company is marketing their drinks as a beverage instead of dietary supplement which means they will no longer have to report claims about adverse effect to the government. good news for consumers is monster, the company now has the to put the amount of caffeine written here on the label. you should know the amount of caffeine in this is half as much as it is in starbuck's. bob woodruff, abc news, new york. >> can't tell you how many kids i see walking down the street. not only with the monster. >> caffeine is huge with kids.
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>> coffee. kids are drinking coffee. monster has less caffeine than a cup of coffee. >> my 9-year-old daughter loves coffee. loved coffee ice cream. when she was 2 years old. i let her have a sip of my coffee. something about coffee. i don't let her have more than a sip. she is drawn to it. >> i have nephews, nieces from a young age. grandparents they, grandparents back in the day they were giving us coffee when i was little. i was drinking coffee less than 10 years old. my mom all about it with my nephew. coffee, sure. my brother not so happy. >> not so much. march madness kicking into high gear later today. we have our brackets ready. you have your brackets ready. a friendly little competition. >> we will let you know which a friendly little competition. >> we will let you know which teams and which
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you see ush feverishly looking at our notes. we have to admit straight away we are not super know-it-alls when it comes to college hoops. i hate to admit that being a man's man. i am more about the pro game. i do love march madness. we are getting excited. getting under way. for real, in a few hours. one guy who thinks he knows a lot. president obama. his most important picks from his bracket. >> louisville, ohio state. who gets the title game? >> i'm going louisville. and going with indiana. >> for the championship? >> i'm going back to the big ten. this is indiana's year. >> the president's final four team, the florida gators. >> there you go. >> that brings us to our brackets. we have been diligently, if i can say the word, working on them. start us off. >> my final four. i gave it this much thought. i sort of went with hunches. i am not a geek about this.
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i went with duke, gonzaga, kansas and butler. and attention fans, the gonzaga bulldogs will be this year's national champion. >> i don't know about all of that. >> remarkably similar. >> it looks like someone was looking over my shoulder. >> i wasn't. >> johnny boy over here. my final four also duke, gonzaga, michigan wolverines, and butler. ha-ha. get ready all you north carolina fans, duke, oh, by the way will be the national champs on the night of april 8th. >> you got duke. i got gonzaga. last two teams by the way won their way into the field of 64 last night. first off, duke/james madison, beating liu/brooklyn, and that makes donna in graphics very happy. a son attending that school and another next year. jmu/indiana, friday afternoon. >> lasalle beat boise state. the explorers, 80-71 victory was
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lasalle's first ncaa tournament win since 1992. up next for the team, kansas state also friday afternoon. >> looking forward to some games today, louisville/north carolina, a & t/lexington. ironic venue, it is the home court of louisville's archrival, kentucky. >> we have our commish over there who will give us information why we need to be watching these games. what's up with that game? >> well, how about we ask the kentucky fans. they have plenty of time to fill the seats down there in lexington. their team is out. they didn't bother making the tournament much less anything else. donna graphics if i can add this in, a personal congratulations to the lasalle university explorers, class of '93. oh, by the way. >> oh, boy. >> oh, boy. >> oh, boy. >> that's pretty good. look out kansas state. >> how do you like our picks? what do you think?
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>> i think you guys did pretty good. i will tell you right now i am with, as usual, i am with the duke blue devils. >> whoo! >> when it comes to it. >> whoo! >> great. have imagination. >> if they're going to win they're going to win. sorry, john, you're upset your people aren't going to win. duke's winning. >> we're going to send a video link to our old friend, rob nelson. he of north carolina tarheels. >> you have duke winning. i have duke winning the who are the losers? >> losers of duke to gonzaga. >> please. there you go. and we have a little competition here on the set. look to see. >> make a wager. think about it in the commercial. >> we'll let you know what our wager is coming up. also, an uncommon bond. how horrors of war brought together a soldier and his very best friend. horrors of war brought together a soldier
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and his very best friend.
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♪ tell me what you hate tell me what you love ♪ ♪ tell me what you got tell me what you need ♪ now to the story of two unlikely friends who met in the darkest of days. >> a soldier in afghanistan, and a wounded cat in the middle of the battlefield. as dan kazuto, of our portland station, tells us about their unbreakable bond. >> reporter: jesse, you look kind of like a picture there. but you come alive? >> yes, i do. >> reporter: you want to see your cat? >> yes, please. i would love to see him again. >> reporter: the two pals don't see each other as much as they used to. >> kashka, kashka. >> reporter: kashka gets pampered at mom and dad's place. army sergeant jesse knot's parents, stationed near louis
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mccord near seattle. >> i miss him so much. i think about him all the time. >> reporter: maybe kashka isn't in touch with his feelings just yet. >> uh-oh, there he goes. >> reporter: the two friends met in a place where friends can be hard to come by, a rugged army camp in southern afghanistan. >> i remember he came limping out from behind one of the barriers, we have these giant concrete barriers to protect from mortar attacks and things like that. i saw a blood trail behind him as he was limping. >> reporter: sergeant knot lured the cat into his office with a piece of steak. are you allowed to keep a cat in your office on the base? >> shh. >> reporter: commanders gave the okay, realizing he needed compassion and care, not the cat, the sergeant. you gave a cat a lot of love in a place where there wasn't much love to go around. >> yeah, he gave a lot of love back to me. he, he was the thing that got me through some of my darkest times on that deployment. i lost all hope. >> reporter: hope slowly returned caring for kashka for
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seven months. when it was time to come home, the army paid for knot's ticket. mom and dad picked up the cat's. >> it meant more than i can tell you. the cat saved my life. >> i love that story. that is a beautiful story. the cat -- i think the cat gets it. >> do you think he gets it? hard to get a cat's attention even when you are there in the room. see that's my pet there, pet lion. >> keep this in your backyard pool. >> pretty good. >> what's your pet lion's name? >> liony. he's very liony. >> you are so creative, john. >> you know how it is. >> that's the news for this half-hour. remember, follow us on facebook at wnnfans.com. >> and on twitter #wnnfans.
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now," as the president addresses strained relations with israeli and palestinian leaders. there has been an act of violence in southern israel. >> who fired the rockets and what it means for an important diplomatic visit from the white house. it is thursday, march 21st. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now," with john muller and diana perez. good thursday morning. there is breaking news in the mideast. rockets fired from gaza hitting buildings in israel where the president is visiting. we will take you live to jerusalem. another major headline we are following he answered the front door and was shot on the spot. an all-out search for a killer who gunned down a colorado prison chief there at a sensitive time in the state. also this morning, what would you do if your boss ordered you to take medical exams or face penalties. hear both side of this story as a national drugstore chain enforces a controversial policy. later this half-hour,
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heartthrob rick springfield returning to his roots. find out what surprises he will bring to abc's "general hospital." first, breaking news in the mideast. the president gets ready to meet with palestinian leader. >> two rockets hit south israel, fired from gaza. the president pushes for peace meetings with palestinian and israeli leaders. >> this is a disturbing development during the president's visit. >> abc's alex marquardt. covering breaking news. alex, what is the latest on the rocket attack? is this something again, more symbolic than anything else, how close, do you know the proximity? >> good morning, john. good morning, diana. yeah, israel's military confirms that two rockets were fired from the palestinian/gaza strip into southern israel. sirens sounded early this morning around 7:00 a.m. in the southern city, a city in the
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past received a lot of incoming rocket fire from gaza. we know that there was light damage to one house. and that the other rocket landed in an open field. there are no injuries so far. now, in the past year, say six months ago, an incident like this would barely have raised eyebrows would merit a passing mention on the news broadcast. but of course today it is significant for two reasons. first of all, following that, that conflict in gaza and israel in november, there is a fragile cease-fire in place. the second rocket incident since the cease-fire in november. in recent days, hamas official warned that they would retaliate, accusing israel's military of violating the cease-fire agreement repeatedly. he said israeli soldiers fired on palestinians who approached the border fence between gaza and israel. secondly and more importantly, obviously because president
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obama is in the region today. now he is quite some distance away over in the west bank meeting with the head of the palestinian authority, mahmoud abbas and other palestinian leaders. the gaza strip is run by the hamas, a group which the state department kids a terrorist organization. the west bank where president obama is. is headed by fattah, political party fattah headed by the president mahmoud abbas. that's who obama is meeting with today. so it is a strong reminder of how far away the israelis and palestinians are from peace. how little optimism that meetings they are having will result in new peace talks much less eventual peace. >> alex, as you were saying it seems to highlight israel's position that palestinians don't want peace or interested in the talks. what is expected reaction from israel to be from this attack? >> it is very unclear at this time. there was a report on israel
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channel 10 there would be some sort of retaliation. we haven't seen anything immediate. in the past when incidents like this have happened. and more rockets. more injuries. there hasn't been any response from israel. not only unclear what a proportional response might look like. but given the president is in the region today, right here today, it is very, it's very unclear what israel could do to respond. >> all right, excellent reporting, abc's alex marquardt live from jerusalem. thank you. >> be sure to stay with abc news, we'll follow the major developments in the middle east. look for live updates on "america this morning" and "good morning america." lawmakers expected to approve a huge spending bill that will keep the government running for the next six months. the senate passed the legislation yesterday 73-26. the budget locks in place the $85 billion worth of cuts across the board. that will mean job furlough for hundreds of thousands of federal workers. >> a manhunt under way in colorado for a killer who gunned
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down the prison system chief on the front steps of his home. tom clements was shot in the chest tuesday night after he answered his doorbell. police have no suspects or even a motive. word of clemants' murder spread as the governor signed some of the toughest gun laws in the country. he was near tears as he spoke cleman clemants. >> tom clemants dedicated his life to being a public servant, to making our state better to making the world a better place. he is going to be deeply, deeply missed. >> investigators say clements job overseeing 20,000 inmates may have turned him into a target. they stepped up security around the state capital, just as a precaution. the army psychiatrist will face court martial after a judge reject his guilty plea. lawyers for nidal hasan was ready to admit to 13 counts. of premeditated murder. a judge cannot accept a plea for charges that carry the death penalty.
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to medical headlines now and a promising new treatment for leukemia. specialists here in new york say that treatment genetically alters a patient's immune system. fighting blood cancer into remission sometimes in a matter of days. doctors tell "the new york times" the treatment was tested on a few patients who failed to respond to chemotherapy. a drugstore chain is facing controversy because employees are required to take health exams for face a penalty. steve osunsami from atlanta. >> reporter: cvs bosses aren't being shy telling workers to get themselves to a doctor for a screening, or start paying a surcharge, an extra $600 a year for their company's health insurance. >> a lot of the people we cover will be more accountable for taking control of our health and costs. >> reporter: body weight. blood pressure. blood sugar. cholesterol. those numbers matter. according to company documents. if they aren't good, workers have a year to make them better
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or you may have fewer options to choose from the next time you enroll. >> the approach they're taking is based on the assumption that somehow these people need a whip. they need to be penalized to make themselves healthy. >> reporter: cvs says they're not alone. most offer their workers health assessments and hand out incentives to those who complete them. concerned employees say this isn't the carrot and feels more like the stick. cvs says not so. >> across the country we do have an epidemic of obesity, smoking and people who don't take good care of themselves. we as an employer are trying to take the bull by the horns and do something about it. >> reporter: all is perfectly legal. just ask brad, he worked for broward county, florida. took them when they charged him $40 a month for refusing their tests. and then lost. >> i think when people are
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arrested they have more rights chance be forced to give blood samples. >> he says it is fine they want to help the workforce, but a shame when it comes at the expense ovof workers' rights. >> that brings us to our facebook question of the day -- what would you do if your employer required health exams. add your voice to this debate at wnnfans.com. let's talk about a new rule approved by nfl owners, could make football safer from stopping ball carriers from using their helmet as a weapon. beginning in the fall, it will be illegal for players to use the crown of their helmet to deliver a blow in the open field. the league's change to reduce head injuries. also the end of an era. the chicago bears have parted ways with brian urlacher, the team and urlacher could not agree on a new contract. for most 13 years in chicago, he was the face of the chicago bears franchise. the 34-year-old urlacher was slowed by several injuries this past season. tell you what getting back to leading with the head.
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emmitt smith, leading rusher said it is not football anymore. i could see not having a defender lead with his head. you have to lower your head running with the ball. some guy is closing in on you. >> i understand if that's the only reason, but a lot of the guys are using helmets as a weapon. >> on the offense, it is almost self-defense. >> if you have a helmet on, you use it as a weapon no matter what position you hold you should be held responsible and accountable. here is a guy who has some explaining to do after attending tuesday's nba game orlando/indiana. he refuses to let his female companion have any ice cream. >> not once, but twice he defends the mint chocolate chip waffle cone. her shocked reaction pretty priceless. they were cheering for the home team. they didn't home. the pacers did win by -- 22, that's winning the war and losing the battle. that guy. what do you think when the female companion got home.
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. >> i don't think he got any female companionship when they got home. >> nicer way of saying what i am trying to say. are you a sharer when it comes to ice cream? >> when going out to dinner. even with friends i like how to get a couple dishes. stick my fork in. i'm not queasy that way. >> that's what you are supposed to do it, especially with your girlfriend. female companion, your girlfriend. any way. coming up. bart simpson and mr. burns, face-to-face in court. real-life court. this is not an episode of the simpsons. >> mothers turn to a pill and parenthood. we'll tell you all about this. you're watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by lunesta. >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by lunesta. and luzopiclone can help you get there, like it has for so many people before. do not take lunesta if you are allergic to anything in it. when taking lunesta,
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♪ apparently things aren't much different today. mother still needs something to calm her down. >> not like the drugs of the rolling stone days, the drugs of choice, modern moms, tranquilizers. abc's paula faris talked to some women who say the pills make them better moms. >> reporter: the pressure to be a perfect mom is everywhere. in magazines where celebrity moms look fabulous.
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on pinterest where every day moms appear to be crafting it all. add to that the daily grind of child care. there is a reason say experts that more and more moms are turning to the new mommy's little helpers. anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medications. new mom, ann marie lindsay says her daily pill reg mnd wards off panic attacks. >> if i wasn't on the meds, my mind would race. what if he gets sick. what if he gets sick? i might have to hyperventilate. >> reporter: she knows all about panic attacks and experienced several after her son was born. what was your darkest moment? >> i just psychically collapsed. >> reporter: melissa agreed to start taking a drug to calm her nerves. >> after six weeks i was back to myself. >> reporter: do you think your anti-anxiety drug helps you be a better mother? >> absolutely. i really don't think that i would have been able to continue
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to function. i mean i think i might have had to be admitted somewhere. >> reporter: in a february parenting magazine article, xanax helps me to be a better mom sent off an internet firestorm. with some critics calling mothers on antidepressants on xanax, pathetic. we are using meds to deal with normal sadness. does it surprise you moms are using pills to got through the day? >> it does not surprise me. >> reporter: a therapist who specializes in mothers and says medication can be a good thing, but only a doctor's supervision. >> i think mothers should think of it as i'm going through a hard time and use medication to get through it. it shouldn't be a forever idea. >> reporter: she calls her time on xanax a temporary fix. the mississippi mom and author of blog mommy need a xanax went on the medication when full-time parenting felt like too much.
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>> it helped me to remove me from the high pressure feeling. >> reporter: aware of the addictive nature of xanax, ann weaned herself off of the drug, but she like ann marie and melissa say no one should judge moms who turn to medication. >> how can you be a good mom if you don't take care of yourself. >> it helps me a lot to have the medication tool in my toolbox. >> reporter: paula faris, abc news, new york. >> diana is on half a dozen drugs right now. as we speak. >> right now as we speak. >> wake up and give me some. >> i am a new mom. i know what it is like. it's tough. i don't know that i would turn to xanax. that's me. i agree if that makes you a better mom and that's what you need, need a little pill to get through the day. >> i'm sure for some people, it's more than the blues. some people legitimately need it. question is do you just have the
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blues and you want to take an easy way out, or do you need it to function? >> right. you don't want to go overboard. never want to abuse these thing. then you are not. >> you know what daddy's little helper is, a glass of red wine end of the day. got to do what you got to do. >> that will mellow you out. one of "general hospital's" biggest stars is coming back. >> really? rick springfield, we are talking about, along with a surprise. you are watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now"
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♪ ♪ >> classic. >> yeah, big time. ladies, you want to listen up, because the doctor is in. because the doctor is in. rick springfield known to millions of general hospital fans as dr. noah drake is back. >> the 80s heartthrob and rocker is starring on the soap's show for the 50th anniversary. more from kabc's correspondent. >> i said this many times i really mean it. i am very proud of you.
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>> wow. actually sound like a real dad talking. >> reporter: rick springfield's dr. noah drake is making the rounds again on "general hospital." for rick it always feels like going home again. >> i got my start here. so i have an allegiance to the show, definitely. >> reporter: and it goes back a long time. >> don't tell me we have run out of things to say already. >> i know everybody here. i have known them, a lot of them for, like 30 years now. >> reporter: the guy next to rick his real son liam springthorpe, appearing on the show this week as a detective. >> it's been really pleasant. really quite pleasant. everyone is really friendly and supportive, all you can really ask for in this type of environment. >> there is someone here to see you. >> let him in. >> he is a detective.
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he is here assisting, this couple, luke and laura, and helping them. >> this couple luke and laura. >> this couple luke and laura. they're like the big. >> yeah, sorry, yeah, yeah, yeah. >> luke and laura are soap legends after all. elizabeth taylor was a legend too who appeared on "gh" in the early '80s. rick remembers her well. >> doing a scene with elizabeth taylor, walking off arm in arm, the camera fades to black. she goes "acting is so stupid." >> so, i will tell you what. >> tell me. >> a lot of soap operas are leaving because nobody is watching. i just started watching soap operas a year ago. i am hooked on "general hospital." i can't wait. >> the rage in 1981. >> you would know because? >> i remember all this. a freshman in high school. all the girls talked about. >> you never watched. >> dr. drake. >> you never watched. >> not really. unless i was with them trying to get on their good side. >> there you go. g to get on their good side. >> there you go.
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mix." are you ready? >> i am ready. >> all right. >> do it! >> listen to this, a man is driving. hits a deer. >> it happens. >> it happens. places across america, a city dweller, pick the deer up and pick it up for consumption, rather than leaving it for road kill. the police pull over the car. didn't pull it over. they asked, what's up? the guy said i hit a deer. it's in my trunk watch what happens when he opens the trunk. the deer must have been stunned. he is alive. he was not dead as the driver thought. he pops out. wobbles around. and runs away. awe their like, what? what? >> there are salvages permit you can take the deer for human consumption. obviously the deer was knocked down. wasn't dead. >> poor baby. i hope -- >> don't know to laugh or cry. >> i don't like that he falls. i don't know what happens to the
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deer. we are hoping he's okay. here is something if you are out there, a cougar -- >> cougar, hot mama. >> not a big cat. >> how old is a cougar. 35, 40. >> i hope it's not 35. >> on the internet, how old a cougar is? >> the men who like to date cougars are nicknamed cubs, between 25 and 35. a cougar can't be 35. then they would be the same age. >> that's a good point. >> cougar is much older. that is beside the point and we digress. there is something called a cougar cruise for women in their 40s. there you go. a one-stop shopping. you want to seek younger available and eager men if they want to date you. so anyway you go on the cruise. and it doesn't cost a whole lot of money. like $339 for a five-night trip. and they kind of pair you up. a 50/50 split of men and women.
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>> cubs and cougars. >> cubs and cougars getting together. >> what does that make me? a male cougar -- an old man? >> an old fart. >> sexy name. tiger cruise with young women who date tigers. sound like a plan. do you watch "the simpsons" at all? >> i have. >> bart simpson. troublemaker. if you ever watch simpsons, my favorite show on television. not on abc. a guy in england, bart simpson arrested for a firearm charge, goes before the judge, mr. burns, the boss of homer simpson. bart simpson in front of the judge, mr. burns, no word if the guy that brought him into court was chief wigham or not. >> what is mr. burns real name? >> montgomery burns. excellent. >> excel
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this morning on "world news now" -- eye to eye. president obama and israel's prime minister settling some differences as they face serious threats from iran and syria. >> as president obama makes a promise to a major ally and sends warnings to enemies with nuclear ambitions. it's thursday, march 21st. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now" with john muller and diana perez. good morning, everybody, a big question in the mideast this morning, will president obama get a warm welcome from the palestinians in day two of his mideast trip. that is our top story. >> piecing together the autism puzzle. which children may be more at risk than others, and why some countries including the u.s. seem to have more cases. an important insight for parents. later this half-hour -- the food truck trend involving small culinary businesses on wheels, who is willing to invest big money on rolling restaurants. seen a lot of them in new york too. waiting for a hungry public.
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>> learning much more about the big changes coming to late night talk shows, the latest development involves jimmy fallon, jay leno and signature show making a big move in "the skinny." first there is breaking news in the mideast. two rockets were fired from gaza hitting southern israel. >> the disturbing act of violence comes as the president pushes for peace while warning enemies. here with more is jonathan carl traveling with the president. >> reporter: the president arrived in israel in a good mood, the open mike capturing his banter with benjamin netanyahu. he was even joking about red lines. but the issue couldn't be more serious, the real red line is the one netanyahu talked about at the united nations last fall. >> a red line should be drawn right here. >> reporter: the point where iran must be attacked or it will be able to build a nuclear bomb. a red line israelis believe could be crossed within months. the issue was front and center here in all of the president's meetings. >> diplomacy and sanctions so far have not stopped iran's
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nuclear program. in order to stop iran's nuclear program peacefully, diplomacy and sanctions must be augmented by clear, credible threat of military action. >> reporter: the president said he believes there is time for diplomacy. but -- >> the united states will continue to consult closely with israel, on next steps, and i will repeat, all options are on the table. we will do what is necessary to prevent iran from getting the world's worst weapons. >> reporter: iranian missiles like this one they tested in january can reach israel in less than ten minutes. catastrophic if armed with nuclear warheads. israel has been preparing for a possible preemptive strike. their war planes could reach iran's nuclear facilities in less than three hours. israel's president shimon perez told us he believes president obama is fully committed to keeping iran from getting the bomb. do you have any doubt in your
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mind that president obama would give the order to launch a military strike against iran? >> as he has said, if all other options will not fly. >> reporter: you believe that? >> yes. >> reporter: the tough talk the president has brought here to israel is designed in part to put muscle behind the diplomacy, to force iran to back down before a military strike is necessary. but white house officials insist this is not just a negotiating tactic that the u.s. will stop iran from getting a bomb no matter what. jonathan karl, abc news, jerusalem. a military judge has refused to accept a guilty plea from the ft. hood shooting suspect, major nidal hasan. hasan will face court martial. under army rules the defendant cannot plead guilty to crimes that carry the death penalty hasan is charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder following the shooting rampage in texas in 2009. >> you may remember the corruption case from the small town of bell, california.
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city council members accused of stealing taxpayer money by creating a scheme to boost their part-time pay to nearly $100,000 a year. now five former officials have been found guilty. former councilman luis ortega acquitted. >> i never lost faith, at the moment, although my stomach. and i felt my hand cold. but i just knew it. i just knew it. >> all this went down in the small blue-collar city where one in four lives below the poverty line. to medical news. a government survey of parents shows one in 50 school children in the u.s. has autism. that is significantly higher than a previous estimate. and there is also a significant new clue about autism. abc's dr. richard besser explains more. >> reporter: now another clue into a possible cause of autism, grandfathers age. researchers in sweden have found that the older a grandfather was when he had children, the more
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likely those children would be to have children with autism. for fathers the risk went up 1.8 times. for mothers the risk went up 1.7 times. it is already known that one piece of the puzzle of autism is the age of the father, starting at age 30. take ray civo. >> let's figure out if there is a genetic factor. >> reporter: his sons oscar and hugo both have autism with different struggles from reading to social interactions. moms pass on few dna mutations. but dads pass on an average of 25 new mutations at age 20. increasing to 65 mutations at age 40 and so on. the more dna mutations, the greater the risk of autism. what does this have to do with grandfathers? >> we could find for example that in a grandfather, there was a change in the grandfather's dna that then was passed on to the father and then finally contributed to risk for autism in that father's child. >> reporter: keep in mind
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researchers say grandfathers' age, while a clue to a possible genetic factor in autism accounts for 3% of the risk. far more research need to be done. dr. richard besser, abc news, new york. >> wow. so there are more cases in the u.s. and in south korea where they're studied more than in other places. and dr. richard besser said that doesn't mean we have more cases here it means we are diagnosing them more, we are more aware of it. still, staggering numbers. >> such a mystery. really, just, gosh, scary. >> yeah. >> and to think in some schools that means there are, one child per classroom. there are very large classrooms. in some parts of the country. that's a lot. >> too much. all right. let's take a look at the forecast for this thursday morning. colder than normal in the northeast. flurries from central new jersey, boston, cape cod. lake-effect snow in michigan, western new york. rain changing to snow from memphis city -- i'm sorry -- kansas city to memphis. mountain snow in the rockies and cascades. showers in the pacific northwest. >> 40s, seattle, billings. 20s in the upper midwest.
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40 in new york. 77 in miami. a cute cuddly baby boy stealing hearts in alaska. after a tough break in his young life. >> this irresistible polar bear cub, nicknamed cully, is now enjoying his temporary home at the alaska zoo, where the staff is -- too cute! a week ago his mom was killed during a hunt. leaving the 3 or 4-month-old by himself. >> as an orphan, the 18 pound cub would have died in the wood. the hunters who shot the mom noticed she was nursing and they searched around the den and found cully and brought him to wildlife experts. >> that is crazy cute. to think this thing would eat you for breakfast in about a year. >> yeah. >> but wow. >> i know. they are so cute to look at. we will keep looking from a distance. >> the zoo has two polar bears. the staff is now looking for a new home for cully. >> there you go. move him into your place. maybe not so much. >> maybe a stuffed version of cully. >> goodness gracious, you are in big trouble. >> a stuffed animal. not cully stuffed.
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>> there you go. glad we clarified that. coming up, remembering an actor known for history making x-rated roles. and gourmet to go -- who is investing in the food truck trend? serving customers curb side now more than ever. you're watching "world news now." ♪ you get the cherry jerry ♪ don't be so picky mickey ♪ because everybody eats when they come to my house ♪ ♪ all of my friends are welcome ♪ >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by united health care. that's a good thing, but it doesn't cover everything. only about 80% of your part b medical expenses. the rest is up to you. so consider an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan, insured by unitedhealthcare insurance company. like all standardized medicare supplement plans, they pick up some of what medicare doesn't pay. and save you up to thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket costs.
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♪ everybody eats when they come to my house ♪ ♪ hey, this is a party, marty ♪ you get the cherry jerry >> it's a party, marty. >> there you go. >> food trucks are a part of everyday life in big cities. >> the rolling restaurants are offering a fast feast all on the cheap. for some, running one of these is actually a tempting idea. abc's reena ninan meets one man who traded in his suit for a spatula. >> make an l! >> reporter: it is a thursday evening north of downtown columbus. >> this what you had in mind? >> that's perfect. >> reporter: despite the threatening sky, a trio of pioneers are setting up for dinner. among them, that food truck. >> never a dull day in the life of a food truck. i will tell you that much. >> reporter: these mobile restaurants are the fastest growing segment of the dining industry.
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dan krauss and steve concila are determined to give it a go. dan trained as a butcher. and steve, a former finance guy started dreaming about getting a truck back in 2011. in this hyper-trendy business, you've got to have an angle. for that food truck the hook is a seasonal menu from locally grown ingredients. >> spicy carrot chips. >> reporter: that doesn't just mean veggies. a farm an hour away provides meat and eggs. after all this is the midwest. >> reporter: before hitting the streets one last step. clearance from the board of health. if you think food trucks are not as heavily inspected as traditional restaurants are, you would be wrong. everything inside. >> just remember not to put any chemicals or anything above the prep area. >> reporter: and outside is closely checked. when we next catch up with that food truck three months later in october they're still learning. >> it is 100 times harder than i
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ever thought it would be to open up my own business. >> reporter: six months after selling their first dinner. >> thank you so much. >> you are welcome. enjoy! >> reporter: dan and steve are out as off as weather promises a profit. constantly reworking their business plan. maybe a new spice, a meat delivery option. >> i don't want to take a day off any time soon. personally. but you know, i can say that because, it's my business. >> reporter: reena nina, abc >> pretty cool. do you eat street food? >> street meat constantly. >> street meat. as you like to call it. >> in new york, we call it street meat. pigeon on a stick. street meat. random dog. >> there is a franchise of trucks. i like the chicken plate. they have gyros, lamb. there you go. you know about this. >> yeah, i used to work in a little food truck. i will say this -- around the nation, picking up steam, and the new trend to own a truck and drive it somewhere, park it and sell food out of the truck. i have been eating food out of trucks being from queens, new york. my entire life.
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this is not a new craze here in new york. >> i was talking to the deli owner who has the store next to rafique, the truck on 3rd avenue. he hates this. the guy rolls up, gets all the money. loses half the business. he doesn't pay the rent he pays. >> he doesn't have to deal with rats, roaches. we have like dog-sized rats here in new york. >> yes, we do. >> they don't have to deal with the rats. but then you don't get any of the income. i can understand. >> the mystery meat, extra flavor. >> tastes good. coming up, she took off and put it back on. a subtle change in miley cyrus' appearance. the guy who took it all off and turned himself into an x-rated legend. oh, boy. it's coming up in "the skinny." got to cover you up. >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our
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>> welcome to "the skinny" here on abc news. let's talk about nbc. >> let's do it. makes them so happy when we do this. >> oh, yeah. a lot of buzz about "the tonight show" and changes coming to "the tonight show" according to a lot of senior-level, high-level seniors at nbc, it is all but formality that jimmy fallon is going to get the spot that jay leno now holds. there is more to the story. not only is he going to become jay leno and take over for "the tonight show" and moving to new york from burbank, california. where the show has been. well if you live there. but i don't know. jimmy fallon did "snl" for a long time. >> yep, yep. moving to california was a big deal. able to move back home. we don't know. but anyway, apparently this is all said and done, but a formality he will be named that. and, jay leno is going to get knocked out. knocked on his -- out the door. >> you picked the stories today.
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you assigned which story i read. which story you read. you give me the one about harry reems. familiar with harry reems. the first porn star, starred opposite linda lovelace. he just passed away. he had been in declining health for some years according to his wife jeanne. apparently, this is all from our producer talking in my ear earlier. this movie was a phenom made $600 million, "deep throat" he was paid $250 for his role. apparently he was the lighting guy. >> oh, who stepped in. >> a lighting guy who clearly had certain prerequisites. >> he had a very long pole. >> oh, my goodness gracious. >> for his light. his light. >> nicely done. of course, what else would you mean? harry reems. >> miley cyrus has put her engagement ring back on. >> okay. >> she took her engagement ring
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off, for a little while, engaged to liam helmsworth. >> sending a little message there, "treat me right." >> from "hunger games." a long convoluted story. spotted with january jones from "mad men" canoodling. maybe, maybe not. neither one has come out and said it didn't happen. she showed up without her engagement ring on. then she tweeted pictures of her wearing the engagement ring again. engagement off. engagement on. hard to tell. happy story, maybe, maybe not. i didn't know about this. oprah winfrey apparently has a body double. not that she is doing hollywood-type stunts. now and then she does need a body double on occasion. hawaii local, shaka, the stand in for the o magazine cover shoot. every photo shoot happens with a huge team. according to oprah. she has a stand in for every single set. she explained. >> why? >> let me see if i can find it. if you are oprah you can have a body double. >> do whatever you want. when you are oprah.
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she is starring in the movie with terrence howard, i wonder if the woman was a stand in during the movie as well. that would be interesting. >> probably times they need lighting checks, whatever, whatever. oprah has, time is money. >> oprah drinking her lemonade on the porch. she doesn't have time to be under the lighting. i will tell you the movie with terrence howard, is a sex scene, guess who was not in the sex scene? >> oprah. >> oprah's body double. >> who is? >> oprah. >> really? >> yes, sir, check that out. >> my goodness gracious. here is a little bit of information that we're not sure what is going on here. marijuana was found on rihanna's tour bus. she was not on the bus. this was like an entourage of buses. not sure who was on the bus or who owns the marijuana. here is something really interesting -- >> marijuana on a bus with musicians. that is a scoop. >> yeah, exactly. but all of her videos. she is smoking something. and the cover of one of her videos she is rolling something. who knows what is going on. h, exactly. but all of her videos. she is smoking something. and the cover of one of her videos she is rolling something. who knows what is going on.
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♪ >> you probably heard it a million times. one person's trash is someone else's treasure. >> you may have heard about the new york family that bought a bowl for $3 at a garage sale and sold it for more than $2 million at auction. >> crazy. abc's nick watt went in search of his own rags to riches story. >> reporter: bought in a yard sale for 3 bucks, this bowl sat on a dusty mantle for five years. after a bidding frenzy at sotheby's it just sold for over $2 million. how did the anonymous seller react? >> i got an e-mail which said in capital letters "wow, and then wow with a line of exclamation marks." so i think they were very pleased. >> reporter: a 1,000-year-old
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chinese bowl. inspired i went shopping looking for anything vaguely chinese. if there is a fortune in the box i will quit my job right now. it has got some age. >> it's a pattern i haven't seen before. >> reporter: exciting. we asked our experts for a top tips to find a fortune at a flee market. >> if something is old. it will be much bigger chance that it is worth money. >> reporter: this old copy of the declaration of independence cost $2.48 at a thrift store. turned out uber old, sold at auction $500,000. >> look for something chinese. >> yes. chinese is one of the hardest fields to appraise. >> reporter: even experts don't know the chinese gems from the junk. upping the odds of a master piece with a $3 price tag. >> always buys what appeals to you. you will never go wrong. >> reporter: back to my little cup. certainly before 1872. >> reporter: really?
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it is old, it is chinese, i like it. >> the reality, you'll probably get no more than $5 to $10 for it. [ buzzer ] >> reporter: proving luck is really the key. so i am not quitting my job. see you tomorrow. nick watt, abc news, los angeles. >> see you tomorrow, nick. >> coffee and a doughnut. that's all that is is going to get you. >> that's it. and that sucks. can i just say -- i would love to do all kinds of collecting when it comes to antiques. but my husband is not a fan. he calls it junk and od. >> not that $3 bowl. >> there you go if you listened to me we could be millionaires right now. if you get a $2 million bowl sitting in your very s
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breaking news this morning from israel. >> a rocket attack from gaza overnight cranking up the tension in the region on this second day of the president's visit there, and we are live in jerusalem. families in mourning, the seven young marines who died this week at their nevada base were named by the military overnight. the youngest just 19. recovery mission, historic parts from the space age that fell into the sea after liftoff have been recovered from the bottom of the atlantic. and giant jackpot's powerball fever taking hold once again with no winner overnight. request good morning. we begin with that breaking news from the middle east where president obama is meeting with top israeli and palestinian leaders today. >> two rockets were fired from gaza into the southern part of israel, and abc's alex marquardt is joining us this morning from jerusalem with the details. alex, when we talk about proximity here, just how close was the president to this attack?
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>> reporter: good morning, john. good morning, diana. well, the president was safe in jerusalem, which is about 40 miles northeast of this town called sterat. the israeli military confirmed that two rockets landed there. one lightly damaging a house, the second landing in a field and setting off a fire. there have been no claims of responsibility from hamas or any other militant groups in gaza. we've reached out to hamas but haven't received any response. now, to be perfectly frank, six months ago, for example, this wouldn't even have raised any eyebrows. it would have been a nonevent, something that wouldn't have caused any headlines because it was so common. of course, today it's significant for two very big reasons. the first is that it violates the cease-fire agreement between israel and hamas that followed after their conflict in november. in recent days a hamas official had warned that they would retaliate for what they said were israeli military violations of that cease-fire. and, of course, the second major reason is that president obama is here for the next two days. >> alex, you mention t

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